Vintage Jet Crashes in Hudson Valley

10:08 p.m. | Updated A Cold War-era plane with a dragon’s face painted on its nose fell out of the sky on Saturday afternoon and crashed into the icy Hudson River in upstate New York.

Crews were still searching for the pilot, the only passenger, on Saturday night, but hopes of finding him alive dimmed as the daylight did. As of 10 p.m., according Holly Baker, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was still partially submerged in the water, its nose believed to be stuck in the mud, near Kingston, N.Y., about a 100-mile drive north of New York City.

The plane, a restored BAC167 Strikemaster, took off from Johnstown, Pa., and was passing low over the Kingston-Ulster Airport when it fell into the Hudson River just after 1:30 on Saturday, Ms. Baker said. The National Transportation Safety Board will begin investigating the cause of the crash on Sunday.

Part of a series built by the British Aircraft Corporation in the late 1960s, the plane is owned by Dragon Aviation Inc. A spokesman for the state police in Milltown said the pilot had purchased the plane in Tennessee and was flying it back to New York.

Andy Anderson, Dragon Aviation’s president and a pilot of the plane in air shows, said the missing pilot was a “very good friend of ours.” Mr. Anderson would not identify the pilot or comment further, citing the search and the investigation into the crash.

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